Archives for category: What I bought


I went to the Stylist Live event in Islington yesterday and bought this beautiful greyhound print by Ros Shiers.

Her stand had an amazing collection of dog prints (amongst other things!) and I probably stood there for about 15 minutes trying to decide which one to get. 

I chose this print because I have a real soft spot for greyhounds and whippets. Ever since I saw a beautiful greyhound cross called Mollie at Battersea I have wanted to adopt one of these delicate creatures. They just have the saddest eyes and I want to wrap them up in blankets to stop them shivering!

As I can’t have a dog right now, I have decided to fill my room with as many dog related pieces as possible.

This new print is placed right above my bed đź’›

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This sketch of the week is a cartoon bear. It was a very quick sketch – so quick, in fact, that I thought it was going to be  a mess. I feel this is a good lesson for me as sometimes I get so preoccupied with making a drawing ‘perfect’ that my lines become harsh and the whole piece stiff. Just goes to show that I need to do more of these quick sketches to loosen up my drawing style.

I bought a new book about drawing cartoons. It’s called the Humongous Book of Cartooning by Chris Hart. I was so excited when it arrived in the post from Amazon! I bought a few other art books with it, including one that shows you how to draw 50’s style retro cartoon characters. I want to spend all my free time going through these books… but need to pace myself so I am focusing on Chris Hart’s book first.

I love it this book! It gives a great breakdown on how to draw various cartoon characters from bears, cats, rabbits to people. So far I have just practiced some bear and animal sketches. Can’t wait to progress through the book and do more detailed drawings.

Below is a three stage breakdown of a little squirrel character I attempted. I actually spent more time on this than the above bear, but I way prefer how the bear turned out!

Do you have any recommendations of books that teach you certain drawing styles?

 

This is my new piece of art that I got as a birthday present last month.

It is oil and mixed media on canvas. I really love the use of colours… plus it looks like my little Tibetan Spaniel, Buttons, who lives back home in Ireland which is the main reason I was drawn to it!

This painting now lives in my bedroom.